Connecting Illinois

Statewide Computer Equity Network

Through a first-of-its-kind collaboration by the State of Illinois, PCs for People, and various community partners, Illinois has launched a statewide network that will receive, refurbish and redistribute used computers to those in need. This initiative responds to the 1.1 million Illinois households currently without computers and aims to bridge the digital divide for those without internet access to help improve connectivity essential for remote learning, work from home, telemedicine, and other requirements of everyday life. 

Illinois is the first to develop a statewide computer equity network devoted to collection of used computers from public and private sectors — matched with a state contribution as well — for a multi-year commitment to distribute tens of thousands of upgraded devices to Illinois communities on an annual basis.

Illinois residents can now shop for affordable computers online, in store, or at events across the state.
Our Illinois Partners:

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for purchase from PCs for People, customers must be currently participating in a government-based assistance program or have a qualifying household income (less than 200% of federal poverty guidelines or 60% of area median income).

Where Can I Get a Computer?

Order Online

You can now order your low-cost device online and have it shipped directly to your home. Our online store offers free shipping, secure shopping, and a one-year hardware warranty. Get stuck? Our support team is here to help. 

 

Upcoming Events

Aurora, IL

December 14, 2022, 2–4 p.m. | Talented Tenth Social Services Distribution Event | 205 N Lake St, Aurora, IL 60506 (Pre-register here)

Chicago, IL

December 9, 2022, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | South Shore Works Distribution Event | 1735 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60649 (Pre-register here)

Phoenix, IL

November 29, 2022, 2–4 p.m. | Village of Phoenix Pop-Up Shop | Phoenix Community Development, 650 E. Phoenix Center Drive Phoenix, Illinois 60426 (Pre-register here)

Ongoing Device Pickup Locations

DeKalb County

DeKalb Township Tech Pickup
2323 S. 4th Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

 
Kane County

Aurora Public Library District
101 S. River St., Aurora, IL 60506

 
Ogle County

Oregon Public Library 
300 Jefferson St., Oregon, IL 61061 

 
Peoria County

Chillicothe Public Library
430 N. Bradley Ave., Chillicothe, IL 61523 

 
Tazwell County

Pekin Public Library 
301 South 4th St., Pekin, IL 61554

Shop In-Store​

PCs for People Belleville IL Saint Louis Metro East

Address: 100 Florida Ave., Belleville, IL 62221
Phone: 618-215-3787 
Email: belleville@pcsforpeople.com

Hours:
Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Sign up to hear about events near you!

Interested in shopping in your own neighborhood? Fill out the form to be notified when we schedule an event near you. 

Want to become an Illinois partner?

If you have a need for a computer distribution pop-up event in your community, want to discuss how to become a distribution center, or other questions about serving your community, please reach out to us at illinois@pcsforpeople.org

Frequently Asked Questions

This program is for eligible Illinois households without access to a working computer or internet device.

To be eligible, residents must be below 135% of the poverty level AND enrolled in income-based government assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit Program.

  1. Apply here and find the event nearest you. You can view upcoming events and ongoing pickup sites above. PLEASE NOTE: Wait for your application to be reviewed and once approved, you can collect your new computer/device at the event. Plan to have proof of eligibility on hand at time of pickup. All community distribution events will observe COVID-19 health guidelines.

  2. Shop online here.

Events will be scheduled throughout 2022, with at least one in every Illinois county. Fill out the Nearby Event form above to get notified when an event is in your area.

Newly refurbished devices can be purchased at pcsrefurbished.com Products are available based on supply at low to moderate costs. Customers must show proof of eligibility at the time of purchase.

PCs for People will distribute computers to eligible households from community distribution events scheduled in counties across the state.  A link to all scheduled community events can be found here. If you order your computer online, you will receive shipping information within 7 business days of placing your order.

As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, PCs for People is able to provide computers with licensed copies of Windows 10. They also have more economical machines that include Linux or LibreOffice. Every desktop includes a mouse, a keyboard, power cords, and monitor cords at no additional cost. 

Monitors, accessories, hardware upgrades and additional software (such as licensed Microsoft Office) are available for an additional fee.

 

Anyone interested in supporting this program in Illinois can learn more about ways to get involved here. Options include donating used/retired computers, volunteering, or becoming a community partner.